April 15 is one of the most dreaded days of the year for many people, with the possible exception of accountants. However, what happens when all the hoopla of April 15 passes as people wake up on April 16 and go on with the rest of their lives?
You’ve filled out and filed your tax return and, of course, you’ve printed or saved an electric copy of your return. So just how long should you save those documents? Can you just toss them as soon as your refund comes? You can, but you shouldn’t. In fact, the law requires you to keep your tax returns, and all the information that goes with them, for three years.
However, throwing everything away after three years could also prove costly if for some reason the IRS thinks you haven’t been accurate in one of your returns. The IRS can go back as many as six years to do an audit, should the agency wish. Therefore, keeping your tax records is very important, whether they are for business or personal.
Of course, there are many types of documents and not all of them are as important as the rest. That’s why at GROCO we have set up a helpful chart to detail which documents you should keep longer and which ones are OK to purge after less time.
You can click here to see this helpful information, which includes details for both business and personal documents, as well as which documents should be kept for a year, three years, six years and forever.